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Jul 10, 2013 - Spearfish, SD

We thought our GPS would take us on new roads today towards Spearfish, SD but it brought us back into Wyoming, through Gillette. Oh well, same lovely scenery, rolling hills, oil pumps, snow fenses, power plants (remember Wyoming is the Power Capital of the Nation), coal plants and coal trains, cattle. We learned that the Black Hills of South Dakota are called black because they look dark from a distance due to the forestation on the hills. We met up with Barb & Steve McIntyre again in our campground in Spearfish (we had been with them in...

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Jul 6, 2013 - Spearfish, SD

July 5th drove 96 miles East from Gillette, WY. to Spearfish, SD. easy drive to Chris Camp in Spearfish. Nice couple run the place and drove us around to pick our spot, gave us a lot of info and set Barb up for a Salon appointment our plan is to stay here for 3 weeks as there is a lot to see and do in this area. We will need to get out of here before Aug. 1st when the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally starts. We have full hookups with WiFi and cable TV. After getting setup we drove into Deadwood to see the town stopped for dinner and returned home...

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Jun 26, 2013 - Northern Black Hills, SD

We enjoyed a drive on the dramatic Spearfish Canyon Scenic Highway, a 22-mile route that cuts through steep canyon walls and drops more than 2,000 feet in elevation. We learned so much at the surprisingly delightful D.C. Booth Fish Hatchery which functioned for 90 years propagating, stocking and establishing trout populations in the Black Hills of South Dakota and in Wyoming. A below-surface walkway allows visitors to view the very large trout swimming around in the stock pond. You can even feed them on the upper level. The Fisheries Rail...

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Jun 16, 2013 - ON TO SPEARFISH

Today we did the 6 hour drive to Spearfish, SD. We were meeting up with 12 other rigs from our local FMCA group to caravan to Gillette, WY for the National FMCA Rally. This is such a fun bunch to be with. Our group host set us put to go for dinner at a local diner in Spearfish. Tried some local beer and good meal. Monday we all had the day on our own. We had done Mt. Rushmore, Devil's Tower stuff about 30+ years ago. So decided it probably hadn't changed much. We had not done Sturgis. So hooked up with our friends Linda and Mark for a day...

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Jun 8, 2013 - Spearfish, SD

Spearfish is a small town founded in 1876 during the Black Hills gold rush. We are staying here for an overnighter. These small towns have a gold mining history and an interesting downtown that was built in the late 1800's. Some of it seems like it hasn't changed much. To get here we drove through Deadwood, SD, another small town with a similar history. Gold found in the rest of the Black Hills was 'placer gold', which is washed into gravel banks by erosion. Smart prospectors looked for the source of the gold, and it was found in Deadwood....

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May 11, 2013 - Devils Tower

This morning we got up and it was 36 outside. Thee wasn't a cloud in the sky and only a light breeze. We decided that we would go see Devils Tower today instead of on our way west so we wouldn't have the trailers behind us not knowing the terrain around there. Since we getting get started until around noon we stopped at the Bum Steer Steakhouse in Spearfish for lunch. The reviews were all good and they noted an exceptional salad and soup bar. The girls had the salad bar, John had the steak sandwich and I had the brisket sandwich with salad...

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May 10, 2013 - Spearfish, Deadwood and Sturgis

Today we moved on down the road. Yesterday we stayed in the campground and got things rounded up. Cooked some BBQ country style ribs and a dump cake in the dutch oven. We did laundry and got things put away for the move Friday. We had been at TeePee Campground for the past 4 days. I think also we haven't got use to the altitude difference yet. We have been around 3000 ft in Rapid City. We have been slowly gaining in elevation as we head west. It will take a bit to get use to it. We headed to Spearfish and since it was only 60 miles, it...

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Sep 22, 2012 - Billings, Montana to Spearfish, South Dakota

The quickest way from Billings to Garryowen, Montana is via Interstate 90. I had a hard time with flying down the highway at 75+mph (state speed limit)! The land is brown, brown, and more brown. It's also very dry out here, so we could see clouds of dust several miles away, then happen upon the cause...cowboys in trucks rounding up their cattle. We visited the Little Bighorn Battlefield and had a wonderful time! Seems ironic to have a good time at such a tragic place...but both of us have had a long interest in this place, this historical...

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Aug 28, 2012 - Last Day in the Black Hills

Today was our last day in the Black Hills and it was filled with all kinds of interesting and beautiful things to see. This was our day to explore the northern part of the Black Hills. Most of the tourist attractions like Mount Rushmore, the Crazy Horse sculpture and Custer State Park are in the southern part of the Black Hills. Our first stop was at the Pactola Reservoir which was created to provide drinking water for the area. The Forest Service has a very good welcome center. I was told that there have been 50 fires in the Black Hills...

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RV Trip Summer 2012

Aug 12, 2012 - Spearfish Canyon Day Two

We went back to Spearfish Canyon on Sunday afternoon to look for Spearfish falls. There was a trail to the canyon floor which crossed the creek and was a beautiful short walk. The trail went down through the trees with information stops on some of them. We were facinated by the Box Elder tree. There were several fallen logs, some were very rotted and they all had very tall, some with large trunks, trees growing out of them. It was amazing. Also the tree that Larry is standing by was unusual, I don't remember the name but it was very pretty...

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Go West Trip 2012

Aug 11, 2012 - Spearfish Canyon

Well we manged to get out of Montana and drive our way across Wyoming to Spearfish SD. We are in the Black Hills area, very famous for a lot of things apparently. It is a very pretty area with a lot of dark green pine trees, hence the name Black Hills. We drove through Spearfish Canyon a lush green spot with high canyon walls and lots of different kinds of trees, not just pine. There are three falls in the area, we saw two of them. The first was very pretty, a thin veiling of water flowing over the rock and was named Bridal Veil Falls. The...

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Go West Trip 2012

Jul 28, 2012 - to Spearfish SD; 16/193

120728-Sat-63096-Today we ended at 63336, started at 63096 miles, for total miles today of 240. We went thru Theodore Roosevelt Nat’l Park (South Unit), then on to SD. We are now in Spearfish SD and intend to see Mt Rushmore et al tomorrow. In both ND and SD the interstate speed limit is 75 and the other roads are 65. We came down Rt 85 where it was 65. In places you could probably see the road for 8 miles and you could drive at 100 mph. We saw a lot of bison and thousands of prairie dogs

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